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Our “This Day in History for November” section contains historical November events categorized by month and day. See what happened on your birthday, or any day of the year. Find out what happened on this day in November.

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Major Historical November Events

November 1, 845 – All Saints Day was made compulsory by Pope Gregory IV.

November 1, 1800 – President John Adams and his family move into the White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, becoming the first president to live there.

November 1, 1834 – The first reference to a poker game (on a Mississippi riverboat).

November 1, 1896 – the first bare-breasted females (Zulu tribe) appear in the National Geographic magazine.

November 1, 1914 – The Bra was patented.

November 1, 1922 – The Ottoman Empire ends. The Republic of Turkey is created.

November 2, 1721 – Peter the Great becomes Emperor of Russia.

November 2, 1783 – George Washington says goodbye to his troops after the end of the Revolutionary War.

November 2, 2000 – American astronaut Bill Shepherd and Russian cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev become the first crew to reside onboard the International Space Station (ISS).

November 3, 1839 – First Opium War between China and Britain begins.

November 3, 1952 – Clarence Birdseye marketed frozen peas.

November 3, 1956 – The Wizard of Oz is televised for the first time.

November 4, 1841 – The first wagon train arrives in California.

November 4, 1842 – Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd.

November 4, 1879 – James Ritty patents the cash register.

November 4, 1922 – The tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun is discovered intact.

November 5, 1935 – Parker Brothers markets the board game Monopoly.

November 5, 1940 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt is re-elected president of the U.S. for an unprecedented third time.

November 6, 1860 – Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States.

November 6, 1879 – Canada celebrates its first Thanksgiving.

November 6, 1928 – Colonel Jacob Shick patents the first electric razor.

November 7, 1805 – Lewis and Clark Expedition reaches the Pacific Ocean at the mouth of the Columbia River.

November 7, 1874 – Cartoonist Thomas Nast depicts the Republican party as an elephant in a cartoon in Harper’s Weekly.

November 8, 1789 – Elijah Craig is the first to distill Bourbon whiskey from corn in Bourbon, KY

November 8, 1889 – Montana became the 41st State.

November 8, 1933 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt forms the Civil Works Administration to help create jobs for millions of workers unemployed during the Great Depression.

November 8, 1950 – The first jet-to-jet dogfight in history occurs. A U.S. jet shoots down a North Korean jet in the Korean War.

November 8, 1965 – the soap opera “The Days of Our Lives” premieres on television.

November 9, 1799 – Napoleon Bonaparte stages a coup in France, and becomes a dictator, giving himself the title “First Counsul”.

November 9, 1872 – The “Great Boston Fire of 1872” destroys over 1,000 buildings.

November 9, 1927 – Giant Pandas are discovered in China.

November 9, 1838 – “Lil Abner” cartoonist Al Capp creates Sadie Hawkins Day.

November 9, 1969 – Simon & Garfunkel record “Bridge Over Troubled Water”.

November 9, 1985- Garry Kasparov (Russia) becomes the youngest world chess champion at 22 years old.

November 10, 1775 – The United States Marine Corps was created.

November 10, 1871 – Henry Morton Stanley meets David Livingstone in Central Africa and says the immortal words: “Doctor Livingstone, I presume?”.

November 10, 1908 – The Gideon Bible is first put into a hotel room.

November 10, 1951 – Telephone area codes were put in use. Direct dial telephone service is first available coast to coast. 

November 10, 1969 – Sesame Street premiered on PBS television.

 November 10, 1975 – The ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald breaks in two and sinks during a fierce storm on Lake Superior. The worst Great Lakes ship disaster in history. There were no survivors.

November Historical Events: Parker Bros. Markets Monopoly (1935)

November 11, 1620 – Forty-one Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sign a compact calling for a “body Politick” just off the Massachusetts coast.

November 11, 1790 – Chrysanthemums are introduced to England from China.

November 11, 1865 – Mary Edward Walker becomes the first female surgeon to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

November 11, 1909 – Construction is started on a naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

November 11, 1933 – The “Great Black Blizzard”, is the first of several dust storms to create the dust bowl, which tears through South Dakota.

November 11, 1939 – Kate Smith sings Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” for the first time.

November 11, 1858 – The first episode of “Rocky and Friends” airs on television.

November 12, 1880 – “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ”, written by soldier Lew Wallace, is published.

November 12, 1936 – The first ever television gardening show, “In Your Garden” premieres on BBC in England.

November 12, 1981 – The space shuttle Columbia was launched for the second time. This was the first time a space vehicle was used more than once.

November 13, 1789 – Benjamin Franklin says his famous quote: ” Nothing is certain but death and taxes”.

November 13, 1927 – The Holland Tunnel under the Hudson River opens to the public, connecting New York City and New Jersey.

November 13, 1942 – The minimum draft age was lowered from 21 to 18.

November 13, 1952 – False fingernails are sold for the first time.

November 14, 1832 – The first streetcar went into operation.

November 14, 1851 – “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville is published.

November 14, 1896 – Hydropower plant at Niagara Falls begins operation.

November 14, 1968 – Yale University goes Co-ed.

November 14, 1988 – Television Sitcom “Murphy Brown” premieres.

November 15, 1777 – The Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation.

November 15, 1837 – Isaac Pitman introduces his shorthand system of writing.

November 16, 1519 – The city of Havana, Cuba is moved to its current location to avoid mosquito infestations.

November 16, 1805 – Lewis and Clark Expedition reaches the Pacific Ocean.

November 16, 1965 – Walt Disney opens EPCOT Center.

November 17, 1913 – The first ship sails through the Panama Canal.

November 17, 2003 – At just 21 years old, Britany Spears becomes the youngest singer to get a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

November 18, 1307 – William Tell allegedly shoots an apple off his son’s head with a bow and arrow.

November 18, 1626 – Saint Peter’s Basilica is consecrated. It replaces the original basilica on the same site and becomes the largest Christian Basilica in the world.

November 18, 1872 – Susan B. Anthony is arrested for leading a group of women to register and then vote at a Rochester, NY. polling site.

November 18, 1902 – Brooklyn toymaker Morris Michton names the teddy bear after Teddy Roosevelt.

November 18, 1928 – Disney’s Steamship Willie premieres – Mickey Mouse is “born”!

November 19, 1493 – On his second voyage to the New World, Christopher Columbus discovers Puerto Rico.

November 19, 1895 – American inventor Frederick E. Blaisdell patents the pencil.

November 19, 1863 – Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address.

November 19, 1965 – Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts hits supermarket shelves.

November 20, 1914 – The U.S. government begins requiring photos on passports.

November 20, 1959 – Ford quits making the unpopular Edsel.

November 20, 1995 – In a television interview, Princess Diana admits she cheated on Prince Charles.

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November Historical Events - False Fingernails are Sold for the First Time (1952)

November 21, 1794 – Honolulu Harbor is discovered.

November 21, 1931 – The horror film “Frankenstein” is released.

November 22, 1927 – The first snowmobile patent is issued to Carl Eliason of Sayner, WI.

November 22, 1959 – President John F. Kennedy, the youngest person to become a U.S. president, is assassinated in Dallas, Texas as his motorcade traveled through the city.

November 22, 1969 – Scientists at Harvard University isolate a single human gene for the first time.

November 23, 1835 – A patent is issued for the horseshoe manufacturing machine.

November 23, 1889 – The revolutionary Jukebox is first displayed, becoming an instant success. See National Jukebox Day.

November 23, 1897 – J.L. Love is issued a patent for the pencil sharpener.

November 23, 1909 – The Wright Brothers form  a corporation to manufacture airplanes.

November 24, 1859 – Charles Darwin publishes his theory on evolution “On the Origin of the Species”, sparking great controversy.

November 24, 1874 – American inventor Joseph Glidden patents barbed wire.

November 24, 1954 – Air Force One, the first presidential airplane, is christened.

November 25, 1783 –  The British evacuate New York City, their last military installation in the United States.

November 25, 1792 – Benjamin Bannecker publishes his Farmer’s Almanac for the first time. 

November 25, 1884 – Evaporated milk is patented.

November 25, 1920 – The first Thanksgiving Day parade is held in Philadelphia, PA.

November 25, 1940 – Woody Woodpecker premieres in Walter Lantz’s cartoon “Knock, Knock”.

November 26, 1716 – The first lion was exhibited in America.

November 26, 1789 – At the request of both houses of Congress, President George Washington proclaims Thanksgiving Day. It is the first official U.S. holiday.

November 26, 1791 – President George Washington holds the first-ever cabinet meeting. It is held in Washington’s home.

November 26, 1832 – America’s first street railway car begins operation in New York City. The ride costs 12 cents.

November 26, 1956 – The television game show “The Price is Right” premieres on NBC.

November 26, 2003 – The Concorde Supersonic Transport jet (SST) makes its final flight, returning to Briton, England.

November 26, 2005 – Dr Vijaypat Singhania from India earns the Guinness World Book of Records for the highest altitude. He rode a balloon to a height of 68,986 feet. 

November 27, 1894 – Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel creates the Nobel Peace Prize.

November 27, 1910 – Penn Station opens in New York, becoming the world’s largest railway terminal.

November 27, 2013 – Blockbuster animated film “Frozen” is released.

November 27, 2017 – Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce their engagement.

November 28, 1895 – 6 cars go 55 miles from Chicago to Evanston and back in America’s first automobile race.

November 28, 1925 – The “Grande Ole Opry” debuts on the radio.

November 28, 1932 – Groucho Marx performs on the radio for the first time.

November 28, 2005 – The first Cyber Monday is held with great success.

November 29, 1775 – Sir James Jay invent invisible ink.

November 29, 1877 – Thomas A. Edison displays his hand-cranked phonograph.

November 29, 1947 – The United Nations partitions Palestine between Arabs and Jews.

November 29, 1972 – Atari launches the video game “Pong”.

November 30, 1782 – The United States and Great Britain sign a peace treaty in Paris, formally ending the Revolutionary War.

November 30, 1858 – John Landis Mason patents the mason canning jar, revolutionizing food safety and storage.

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